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Colestid Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is colestipol (Colestid)?
- What are the possible side effects of colestipol (Colestid)?
- What is the most important information I should know about colestipol (Colestid)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking colestipol (Colestid)?
- How should I take colestipol (Colestid)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Colestid)?
- What happens if I overdose (Colestid)?
- What should I avoid while taking colestipol (Colestid)?
- What other drugs will affect colestipol (Colestid)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Colestid)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Colestid)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include severe stomach pain or constipation.
What should I avoid while taking colestipol (Colestid)?
Avoid taking other medications at the same time you take colestipol. Taking colestipol can make it harder for your body to absorb certain drugs, making them less effective. Take your other medications at least 1 hour before or 4 hours after you take colestipol.
Avoid constipation by drinking 8 to 12 full glasses (8 ounces each) every day while taking this medication. Ask your doctor before using a laxative or stool softener.
What other drugs will affect colestipol (Colestid)?
Taking colestipol can make it harder for your body to absorb many other medications. Below is just a partial list of these medications. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- steroid drugs such as hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone);
- heart medication such as digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps), propranolol (Inderal), furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril), chlorothiazide (Diuril);
- a diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide (Lasix), hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril), or chlorothiazide (Diuril);
- an antibiotic such as demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, Vectrin), or tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap); or
- other cholesterol-lowering medications such as atorvastatin (Caduet, Lipitor), lovastatin (Altocor, Mevacor, Advicor), ezetimibe (Zetia, Vytorin), fenofibrate (Antara, Lipofen, Lofibra, TriCor, Triglide), gemfibrozil (Lopid), clofibrate (Atromid-S), nicotinic acid (niacin), or ursodiol (Actigall, Urso, Urso Forte).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with colestipol. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about colestipol.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Colestid Information
- Colestid Drug Interactions Center: colestipol oral
- Colestid Side Effects Center
- Colestid Overview including Precautions
- Colestid FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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